First aid kits on public transport a must

2012-05-28 16:06

Johannesburg - All public transport vehicles must have first aid kits, Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele said on Monday.

"It is optional now to have first aid kits, but next year it will be compulsory," the minister said in Midrand at the announcement of a first aid training programme for the taxi industry.

The programme aims to teach taxi drivers to administer effective first-line care in medical emergencies.

The programme would be tailored to include specific emergencies that taxi drivers may encounter, such as childbirth. It is a partnership between the department of transport, Netcare 911 and the SA National Taxi Association (Santaco).

Ndebele said minibus taxis transported more the 65 percent of public transport users and therefore must be fully equipped with tools to save lives in an accident.

"A number of lives can be saved if all drivers generally, and taxi drivers in particular, are better trained."

The first aid training programme was expected to be rolled out next month, starting in the Western Cape.

Ndebele said approximately 1.3 million people were killed in road accidents every year in the world, and 14 000 people in South Africa per year, amounting to at least 1 000 people every month and 40 people every day.

"We need to stand up together, with the private sector, the education and justice fraternity, the religious sector, civil society, and everyone, to firmly declare that road deaths can be prevented."

He said the United Nations had urged countries to adopt quick and implementable resolutions to reverse road accident deaths.

  • E=MC2 - 2012-05-28 16:15

    nice thought, but honestly, how long do you think they'll last? They'll be stolen just because they can be stolen...

      Kala - 2012-05-28 16:25

      I wonder who has organised the tender to supply these first aid kits and who pays for them.

      Peter-Peter - 2012-05-28 16:39

      What i find that 'laws' being passed now, like this one, were all compulsory back in the day...

      NrGx - 2012-05-28 16:45

      and secondly, for what the taxi accident victims can bandage themselves? - 2012-05-28 19:33

      Please can everybody make sure they do not vote for the ANC we must make a stand against these dictators. If you should decide you don't want to vote, the ANC will automatically get your vote. i don't care who you vote for, as long as it is not the ANC. But please whatever you do, do not decide not to vote because the ruling party automatically gets those votes please please please

  • Rupert - 2012-05-28 16:33

    its a good idea but it wont be received well by the taxi industry , take for instance the Toyota Quantam has got seat belts on the passengers seats but the drivers tie up the seat belts and render them useless just because they say they delay passengers from alighting from the taxis so they can simply refuse to install first aid kits in their taxis .

  • Fussed - 2012-05-28 16:35

    Try well trained drivers

  • Siyabonga Mbatha - 2012-05-28 16:38

    Good Idea.

  • thokozane.maloka - 2012-05-28 16:45

    I can just imagine taxi drivers doing CPR.

  • Reyhaan - 2012-05-28 16:50

    what a joke!! half the taxis arent even roadworthy to begin with!!

  • Ledikwa Norman - 2012-05-28 17:40

    it might be a good idea but who is going to monitor compliency?. in tax industry they fire today and hire tomorrow. am afraid many public transports will be without trained first aiders

  • jan.henning.14 - 2012-05-28 17:41

    Imagine a Taxi driver on 'high-octane blood' administering first aid! Poor victims! To add torture to their misery will be terrible!

  • Kevin - 2012-05-28 17:52

    These stats are from the uk. The death toll for 2010 was 1,857, as against 2,222 in 2009... There were 31,035,791 cars on the road over the course of 2009, a fall of 0.7 per cent compared with 2008 when there were 31,252,476 At the end of September 2009 there were 9 533 444 registered vehicles in South Africa! Something wrong with SA drivers I think! UK figures

  • Bosvark Van Rensburg - 2012-05-28 18:30

    rather enforce condom boxes for taxi drivers and passengers. Police vehicles must have first-aid kits or any other government owned vehicles.

  • MikeGriffinPod1 - 2012-05-28 18:56

    and what happens if they dont comply? nothing?

  • pearson.botha - 2012-05-28 20:02

    Teach them how to DRIVE first.

  • Nyameko - 2012-05-31 09:57

    That's fabulous, I wonder whoz going to monitor the complience??? They must first learn to wash themselves nd they must be trained the basic school sessions so that they can learn to respect others. they must also wear a uniform ( grey trouser, whiteshirt & kittybow) because when they sit with their asses behind the steeringweels they think they are owners. .. I wonder how long the programe is going to take?????!!!!!

  • brand.innovation.7 - 2012-08-07 11:34

    I think this is brilliant and should have been implemented a long time ago. Those drivers take responsibility for the lives of the people they transport and having a first aid kit could save lives during an emergency. But implementing this will probably not be as easy... good luck.

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